The skipper of the boat tried to start it after it died in the middle of the lake. It caught fire, so he jumped ship and watched it burn slowly. The wind drifted the burning boat to shore. No one could really do anything about it as it had two big tanks of gas on board until a jet boat SAVED THE DAY! Filmed at Lake Lyndon in New Zealand.
A family of five boating on Lake Dunstan on Saturday afternoon were rescued after their jet boat caught fire and was destroyed.
Cromwell Fire Service senior officer John Searle said the family had been boating in the Cromwell Gorge near Old Cromwell Town when the boat caught fire about 4.30pm. It was believed a petrol leak caused the fire.
Mr Searle said the family was rescued before their boat capsized by the occupants of another boat. The boat had been seen smoking after the motor started and caught fire soon after, he said.
Firefighters used two boats, one belonging to the brigade and Mr Searle's personal boat, to help push the boat near the shore before it sank. The boat's owners were waiting on their insurance company to assess the wreckage before it was removed from the water.